Renting the Hay Barn

The Cowell Ranch Hay Barn, located near the main entrance to the UCSC campus

Thank you for your interest in the Hay Barn at the University of California, Santa Cruz, operated by the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).barn lit up

Built in the 1860s for the Cowell Ranch, the Hay Barn was renovated in 2015. The new structure incorporates some of the barn’s original building materials anduses the historic mortise and tenon joinery technique to achieve a rustic yet contemporary structure. The result is a beautiful and dramatic signature building with a soaring, spacious interior offering a unique setting for weddings, banquets, barn dances, concerts, conferences, and much more.

The Hay Barn is conveniently located near the main entrance to the UCSC campus and adjacent to the beautiful 30-acre CASFS organic farm, with a walking path connecting the Hay Barn site to the farm. 

For  information on visiting the Hay Barn, please contact events manager Heidi Harris, 831-459-3762,

The Hay Barn is available for:

  • Meetings, Workshops, Conferences, Seminars – specializing in groups ranging from 10 in the smallbarn dinner conference room up to 325 (standing room maximum) in the main hall
  • Lectures, Presentations, Films – accommodating up to 250 (seated) in the main hall
  • Special Occasions – cocktail parties, receptions, and celebrations for up to 275 in the main hall and outdoor space, and space for 200 seated at tables in the main hall

If you would like to rent the Hay Barn for your event, please review the linked items below, then submit a Hay Barn Reservation Request using the online form (see below). Hay Barn staff will respond to you within 5-10 business days.

• Hay Barn Rental Fees

• Hay Barn Policies and Procedures barn meeting

UCSC Facility Use Permit Application

• Hay Barn Event Planning Checklist

• Hay Barn Reservation Request

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